Andrew Dubber

Senior Researcher
Birmingham City University
Birmingham School of Media, BCU
United Kingdom
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I’m Reader in Music Industries Innovation at Birmingham City University and a member of the Centre for Media and Cultural Research. As well as my work researching music online, I am also a lecturer, author, consultant, public speaker, jazz broadcaster and blogger. My research interests include digital media cultures, online music enterprise, the mediation of jazz in the digital age, and music as culture.

I’m the founder of New Music Strategies and Music Think Tank, a board member of Un-Convention, as well as a member of the board of advisors for Bandcamp.

At Birmingham City University, I teach Music Online, Music Industry theory & practice and Music Radio Programming. I also guest lecture in media ecology and the impact of technological change, radio documentary production, radio drama production, entrepreneurship and innovation, blogging and social media, and the digital environment as narrative space.

My public lectures have included talks on the importance of copyright reform in the digital age; the act of blogging as storytelling; the evolution of media; the impact of technological change on music; music as cultural identity; broadcasting policy and music culture; radio in the digital age; specialist music radio and online fandom; jazz consumption practices in the digital age; the impact of digital technology on human cognition; as well as online strategies for marketing and distributing independent music.

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Dubber is internationally recognised as a leading consultant and academic in new strategies and technologies for the radio and the music industries.


Books, Chapters, Articles

  • 2005 – ‘The Digitalisation of New Zealand Radio’ in The Great New Zealand Radio Experience, Karen Neill and Morris W Shanahan (Eds), Thomson Dunmore Press (pp 67-87)
  • 2006 – New broadcast technologies UNESCO [co-author] (forthcoming)

Conference Contributions

  • 2003 – ‘Radio and the Internet’, Between Empires Conference, Auckland
  • 2003 – ‘There’s no such thing as Internet Radio’, The Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum, Madison, WI
  • 2005 – ‘Radio Question Time’ panel, MeCCSA/AMPE conference, Lincoln
  • 2005 – ‘Radio, Digitalisation and the Laws of Media’, Radio Studies Network Conference, Birmingham
  • 2005 – ‘There is no ‘We’ in iPod’, The First European Communication Conference, Amsterdam
  • 2006 – ‘Online Music Enterprise’, MeCCSA/AMPE Conference, Leeds, January 2006
  • 2006 – ‘Jazz, Radio and National Identity in New Zealand’, Leeds International Jazz Conference, Leeds
  • 2006 – ‘New Zealand On Air’, Sounding Out Conference, Sunderland
Project Title: 
Rhythm Changes